Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 35287-35290 [2019-15518]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. ■ (g) Required Actions (1) Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, inspect the transponder installation to determine if the transponder is installed in a conventional aft-facing avionics rack. (2) If the transponder is installed in a conventional aft-facing avionics rack, no further action is required. (3) If the transponder is not installed in a conventional aft-facing avionics rack, remove the transponder before further flight. (4) Use the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 4–8, to determine if the part is eligible for repair and re-installation, for the appropriate transponder, per Trig Avionics Limited Service Bulletin (SB) SUP/TT31/027, Issue 1.0, dated October 1, 2018; Trig Avionics Limited SB SUP/AXP340/002, Issue 1.0, dated October 1, 2018; or Trig Avionics Limited SB SUP/KT74/005, Issue 1.0, dated October 1, 2018. 2019–13–03 Trig Avionics Limited: Amendment 39–19676; Docket No. FAA–2018–1081; Product Identifier 2018–NE–39–AD. (h) Installation Prohibition After the effective date of this AD, do not install an affected transponder on any aircraft, unless the transponder is installed in a conventional aft-facing avionics rack as defined in this AD. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): (a) Effective Date (i) No Reporting Requirement No reporting requirement contained within the SBs referenced in paragraph (g)(4) of this AD is required by this AD. This AD is effective August 27, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to: (1) Trig Avionics Limited TT31 Mode S transponders, part number (P/N) 00220–00– 01 and P/N 00225–00–01, with a serial number (S/N) from 05767 to S/N 09715 inclusive, and Modification (Mod) Level 6 or below, installed. (2) Avidyne Corporation AXP340 Mode S transponders, P/N 200–00247–0000, also marked with Trig Avionics P/N 01155–00– 01, with a S/N from 00801 to S/N 01377 inclusive, and Mod Level 0, installed. (3) BendixKing/Honeywell International KT74 Mode S transponders, P/N 89000007– 002001, also marked with Trig Avionics P/N 01157–00–01, with a S/N from 01143 to S/ N 02955 inclusive, and Mod Level 0, installed. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 3452, ATC transponder system. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by the discovery that the retaining cam that engages in the mounting tray may not withstand g-forces experienced during an emergency landing. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent the transponder from detaching from the avionics rack. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in damage to the fuel system or emergency evacuation equipment, or injury to aircraft occupants. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Jul 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 (j) Definition For the purpose of this AD, a conventional aft-facing avionics rack is defined as an installation with the control panel oriented in opposition to the direction of flight (aft facing). (k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (l)(1) of this AD. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (l) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Min Zhang, Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803; phone: 781– 238–7161; fax: 781–238–7199; email: min.zhang@faa.gov. (2) Refer to European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2018–0247, dated November 13, 2018, for more information. You may examine the EASA AD in the AD PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 35287 docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2018–1081. (m) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Trig Avionics Limited Service Bulletin (SB) SUP/TT31/027, Issue 1.0, dated October 1, 2018. (ii) Trig Avionics Limited SB SUP/ AXP340/002, Issue 1.0, dated October 1, 2018. (iii) Trig Avionics Limited SB SUP/KT74/ 005, Issue 1.0, dated October 1, 2018. (3) For Trig Avionics Limited service information identified in this AD, contact Trig Avionics Limited, Heriot Watt Research Park, Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AP, United Kingdom; phone: +44 131 449 8810; fax: +44 131 449 8811; email: support@trigavionics.com; internet: https://trigavionics.com. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on July 16, 2019. Robert J. Ganley, Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–15630 Filed 7–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0114; Product Identifier 2018–NM–146–AD; Amendment 39–19680; AD 2019–14–02] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1 35288 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations report that structural fatigue cracks can develop in certain aluminum pressure module check valves prior to the design limit. This AD requires an inspection to determine the part numbers of the four hydraulic systems A and B pressure module check valves and applicable oncondition actions. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective August 27, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 27, 2019. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; phone: 562–797–1717; internet: https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019– 0114. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019– 0114 or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Tsuji, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3548; email: douglas.tsuji@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all The Boeing Company Model 737 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on March 1, 2019 (84 FR 6981). The NPRM VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Jul 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 was prompted by a report that structural fatigue cracks can develop in certain aluminum pressure module check valves prior to the design limit. The NPRM proposed to require an inspection to determine the part numbers of the four hydraulic systems A and B pressure module check valves and applicable on-condition actions. The FAA is issuing this AD to address structural fatigue cracks in certain aluminum pressure module check valves, which could cause separation of the check valve head from the check valve body when hydraulic pressure is applied, resulting in injuries to maintenance personnel. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. Support for the NPRM Two commenters supported the NPRM. United Airlines (UAL) agreed with the need for the NPRM. A private citizen also expressed support for the NPRM, but added that cost should not be an issue in relation to airplane safety, the cost of the proposed rule is especially low, and that the FAA has an ethical duty to protect the public by adopting the proposed rule. Effect of Winglets on Accomplishment of the Proposed Actions Aviation Partners Boeing stated that the installation of winglets per Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST00830SE or STC ST01219SE does not affect the accomplishment of the manufacturer’s service instructions. The FAA agrees with the commenter that STC ST00830SE and STC ST01219SE do not affect the accomplishment of the manufacturer’s service instructions. Therefore, the installation of STC ST00830SE or STC ST01219SE does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions required by this AD. The FAA has not changed this AD in this regard. Request To Change Applicability of the NPRM UAL requested that the FAA change the proposed applicability from including all The Boeing Company Model 737–8 and 737–9 airplanes, to use the effectivity specified in Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018, which specifies The Boeing Company Model 737–8 and 737–9 airplanes, line numbers 5602 through 7050. UAL PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 mentioned that Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–29– 1126, dated October 2, 2018, states that ‘‘Airplanes after line number 7050 cannot use Parker check valves as an optional part,’’ and that this statement is counter to the applicability stated in the NPRM. UAL stated the understanding of this statement to be that The Boeing Company Model 737–8 and 737–9 airplanes, line number 7051 and later were delivered without part number (P/ N) H61C0552M1; that the illustrated parts catalog (IPC) does not authorize installation of that part after delivery; and that omission from the IPC should ensure unapproved parts are not installed on The Boeing Company Model 737–8 and 737–9 airplanes, line number 7051 and later; therefore providing an acceptable level of safety. The FAA disagrees with the request to change the applicability of this AD. The FAA does not control or approve the Boeing IPC, and P/N H61C0552M1 is considered a rotable part. Therefore, the FAA has determined that these parts could later be installed on airplanes that were initially delivered with acceptable parts, making those airplanes subject to the unsafe condition. The FAA has not changed this AD in this regard. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed the following service information. • Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1123 RB, dated October 2, 2018. • Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018. • Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018. The service information describes procedures for an inspection to determine the part numbers of the four hydraulic systems A and B pressure module check valves and applicable oncondition actions. On-condition actions include replacement of Parker pressure module check valves, P/N E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1 35289 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations H61C0552M1, with Crissair pressure module check valves, P/N 1C4196. These documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane models. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 1,747 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Action Labor cost Inspection for Parker pressure module check valves, P/N H61C0552M1. 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary on-condition actions (per check valve replacement) Cost per product Parts cost that would be required. The FAA has no way of determining the number of $0 $85 Cost on U.S. operators $148,495 aircraft that might need these oncondition actions: jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES ESTIMATED COSTS OF ON-CONDITION ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 ...................................................................................................................... $6,652 $6,822 Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to transport category airplanes and associated appliances to the Director of the System Oversight Division. Regulatory Findings This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Jul 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2019–14–02 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39–19680; Docket No. FAA–2019–0114; Product Identifier 2018–NM–146–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective August 27, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all The Boeing Company Model 737 series airplanes, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 29, Hydraulic power. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report indicating that structural fatigue cracks can develop in certain aluminum pressure module check valves prior to the design limit. The FAA is issuing this AD to address structural fatigue cracks in certain aluminum pressure module check valves, which could cause separation of the check valve head from the check valve body when hydraulic pressure is applied, resulting in injuries to maintenance personnel. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (1) For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018: Within 120 days after the effective date of this AD, inspect the airplane and do all applicable on-condition actions using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1 35290 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES (2) Except as specified by paragraph (h)(3) of this AD: For airplanes identified as Groups 2 and 3 in Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018, at the applicable times specified in the ‘‘Compliance’’ paragraph of Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018. Note 1 to paragraphs (g)(2) through (g)(4): Guidance for accomplishing the actions required by this AD can be found in Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–29– 1123, dated October 2, 2018; Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–29–1126, dated October 2, 2018; and Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–29–1127, dated October 8, 2018; as applicable; which are referred to in Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1123 RB, dated October 2, 2018; Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29– 1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018; and Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018; respectively. (3) Except as specified by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD: For Model 737–600, –700, –700C, –800, –900, and –900ER airplanes that have an original airworthiness certificate or export certificate of airworthiness issued on or before the effective date of this AD; at the applicable times specified in the ‘‘Compliance’’ paragraph of Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29– 1123 RB, dated October 2, 2018, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1123 RB, dated October 2, 2018. (4) Except as specified by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD: For Model 737–8 and 737–9 airplanes that have an original airworthiness certificate or export certificate of airworthiness issued on or before the effective date of this AD; at the applicable times specified in the ‘‘Compliance’’ paragraph of Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018. (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements of this AD: (1) Where Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1123 RB, dated October 2, 2018, uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1123 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (2) Where Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018, uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1126 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:11 Jul 22, 2019 Jkt 247001 (3) Where Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018, uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (i) Parts Installation Prohibition As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a Parker pressure module check valve, part number (P/N) H61C0552M1, or hydraulic pressure module assembly, P/N 65–17821–( ) that contains a Parker pressure module check valve, P/N H61C0552M1, on any airplane. (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANMSeattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD if it is approved by The Boeing Company Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (1) For more information about this AD, contact Douglas Tsuji, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206– 231–3548; email: douglas.tsuji@faa.gov. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (l)(3) and (l)(4) of this AD. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1123 RB, dated October 2, 2018. (ii) Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018. Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on July 11, 2019. Suzanne Masterson, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–15518 Filed 7–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0347; Airspace Docket No. 19–AEA–6] RIN 2120–AA66 Establishment of Class E Airspace; Cortland, Elmira, Ithaca, and Endicott, NY Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: (k) Related Information PO 00000 (iii) Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737–29–1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; phone: 562–797–1717; internet: https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. This action establishes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Cortland County Airport-Chase Field, Cortland, NY; Elmira/Corning Regional Airport, Elmira/Corning, NY; Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, Ithaca, NY; and TriCities Airport, Endicott, NY to accommodate area navigation (RNAV) global positioning system (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures (SIAPs) serving these airports. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations in the area. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, October 10, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under Title 1 Code of Federal Regulations part 51, subject to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 141 (Tuesday, July 23, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0114; Product Identifier 2018-NM-146-AD; Amendment 
39-19680; AD 2019-14-02]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
The Boeing Company Model 737 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by 
a

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report that structural fatigue cracks can develop in certain aluminum 
pressure module check valves prior to the design limit. This AD 
requires an inspection to determine the part numbers of the four 
hydraulic systems A and B pressure module check valves and applicable 
on-condition actions. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective August 27, 2019.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 27, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data 
Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 
90740-5600; phone: 562-797-1717; internet: https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this service information at the 
FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
206-231-3195. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-
0114.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-
0114 or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department 
of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Tsuji, Senior Aerospace 
Engineer, Systems and Equipment Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-3548; 
email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all The Boeing Company 
Model 737 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register 
on March 1, 2019 (84 FR 6981). The NPRM was prompted by a report that 
structural fatigue cracks can develop in certain aluminum pressure 
module check valves prior to the design limit. The NPRM proposed to 
require an inspection to determine the part numbers of the four 
hydraulic systems A and B pressure module check valves and applicable 
on-condition actions.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address structural fatigue cracks in 
certain aluminum pressure module check valves, which could cause 
separation of the check valve head from the check valve body when 
hydraulic pressure is applied, resulting in injuries to maintenance 
personnel.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule. The following presents the comments 
received on the NPRM and the FAA's response to each comment.

Support for the NPRM

    Two commenters supported the NPRM. United Airlines (UAL) agreed 
with the need for the NPRM. A private citizen also expressed support 
for the NPRM, but added that cost should not be an issue in relation to 
airplane safety, the cost of the proposed rule is especially low, and 
that the FAA has an ethical duty to protect the public by adopting the 
proposed rule.

Effect of Winglets on Accomplishment of the Proposed Actions

    Aviation Partners Boeing stated that the installation of winglets 
per Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST00830SE or STC ST01219SE does 
not affect the accomplishment of the manufacturer's service 
instructions.
    The FAA agrees with the commenter that STC ST00830SE and STC 
ST01219SE do not affect the accomplishment of the manufacturer's 
service instructions. Therefore, the installation of STC ST00830SE or 
STC ST01219SE does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions 
required by this AD. The FAA has not changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Change Applicability of the NPRM

    UAL requested that the FAA change the proposed applicability from 
including all The Boeing Company Model 737-8 and 737-9 airplanes, to 
use the effectivity specified in Boeing Special Attention Requirements 
Bulletin 737-29-1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018, which specifies The 
Boeing Company Model 737-8 and 737-9 airplanes, line numbers 5602 
through 7050. UAL mentioned that Boeing Special Attention Service 
Bulletin 737-29-1126, dated October 2, 2018, states that ``Airplanes 
after line number 7050 cannot use Parker check valves as an optional 
part,'' and that this statement is counter to the applicability stated 
in the NPRM. UAL stated the understanding of this statement to be that 
The Boeing Company Model 737-8 and 737-9 airplanes, line number 7051 
and later were delivered without part number (P/N) H61C0552M1; that the 
illustrated parts catalog (IPC) does not authorize installation of that 
part after delivery; and that omission from the IPC should ensure 
unapproved parts are not installed on The Boeing Company Model 737-8 
and 737-9 airplanes, line number 7051 and later; therefore providing an 
acceptable level of safety.
    The FAA disagrees with the request to change the applicability of 
this AD. The FAA does not control or approve the Boeing IPC, and P/N 
H61C0552M1 is considered a rotable part. Therefore, the FAA has 
determined that these parts could later be installed on airplanes that 
were initially delivered with acceptable parts, making those airplanes 
subject to the unsafe condition. The FAA has not changed this AD in 
this regard.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments 
received, and determined that air safety and the public interest 
require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor 
editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed the following service information.
     Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1123 
RB, dated October 2, 2018.
     Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1126 
RB, dated October 2, 2018.
     Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 
RB, dated October 8, 2018.
    The service information describes procedures for an inspection to 
determine the part numbers of the four hydraulic systems A and B 
pressure module check valves and applicable on-condition actions. On-
condition actions include replacement of Parker pressure module check 
valves, P/N

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H61C0552M1, with Crissair pressure module check valves, P/N 1C4196. 
These documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane 
models.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 1,747 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Inspection for Parker pressure module   1 work-hour x $85 per                 $0             $85        $148,495
 check valves, P/N H61C0552M1.           hour = $85.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary on-
condition actions (per check valve replacement) that would be required. 
The FAA has no way of determining the number of aircraft that might 
need these on-condition actions:

                 Estimated Costs of On-Condition Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Cost per
              Labor cost                   Parts cost        product
------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170....          $6,652           $6,822
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.
    This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the 
Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by 
FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is 
normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but 
during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the 
authority to issue ADs applicable to transport category airplanes and 
associated appliances to the Director of the System Oversight Division.

Regulatory Findings

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various 
levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2019-14-02 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-19680; Docket No. FAA-
2019-0114; Product Identifier 2018-NM-146-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective August 27, 2019.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all The Boeing Company Model 737 series 
airplanes, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 29, Hydraulic 
power.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report indicating that structural 
fatigue cracks can develop in certain aluminum pressure module check 
valves prior to the design limit. The FAA is issuing this AD to 
address structural fatigue cracks in certain aluminum pressure 
module check valves, which could cause separation of the check valve 
head from the check valve body when hydraulic pressure is applied, 
resulting in injuries to maintenance personnel.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

(g) Required Actions

    (1) For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Special 
Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 RB, dated October 8, 
2018: Within 120 days after the effective date of this AD, inspect 
the airplane and do all applicable on-condition actions using a 
method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in 
paragraph (j) of this AD.

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    (2) Except as specified by paragraph (h)(3) of this AD: For 
airplanes identified as Groups 2 and 3 in Boeing Special Attention 
Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018, at the 
applicable times specified in the ``Compliance'' paragraph of Boeing 
Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 RB, dated 
October 8, 2018, do all applicable actions identified in, and in 
accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special 
Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 RB, dated October 8, 
2018.
    Note 1 to paragraphs (g)(2) through (g)(4): Guidance for 
accomplishing the actions required by this AD can be found in Boeing 
Special Attention Service Bulletin 737-29-1123, dated October 2, 
2018; Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737-29-1126, dated 
October 2, 2018; and Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737-
29-1127, dated October 8, 2018; as applicable; which are referred to 
in Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1123 RB, 
dated October 2, 2018; Boeing Special Attention Requirements 
Bulletin 737-29-1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018; and Boeing Special 
Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 RB, dated October 8, 
2018; respectively.
    (3) Except as specified by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD: For 
Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER airplanes that 
have an original airworthiness certificate or export certificate of 
airworthiness issued on or before the effective date of this AD; at 
the applicable times specified in the ``Compliance'' paragraph of 
Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1123 RB, dated 
October 2, 2018, do all applicable actions identified in, and in 
accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special 
Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1123 RB, dated October 2, 
2018.
    (4) Except as specified by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD: For 
Model 737-8 and 737-9 airplanes that have an original airworthiness 
certificate or export certificate of airworthiness issued on or 
before the effective date of this AD; at the applicable times 
specified in the ``Compliance'' paragraph of Boeing Special 
Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1126 RB, dated October 2, 
2018, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance 
with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention 
Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018.

(h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements of 
this AD:
    (1) Where Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-
1123 RB, dated October 2, 2018, uses the phrase ``the original issue 
date of Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1123 RB,'' this AD requires 
using ``the effective date of this AD.''
    (2) Where Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-
1126 RB, dated October 2, 2018, uses the phrase ``the original issue 
date of Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1126 RB,'' this AD requires 
using ``the effective date of this AD.''
    (3) Where Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-
1127 RB, dated October 8, 2018, uses the phrase ``the original issue 
date of Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 RB,'' this AD requires 
using ``the effective date of this AD.''

(i) Parts Installation Prohibition

    As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a 
Parker pressure module check valve, part number (P/N) H61C0552M1, or 
hydraulic pressure module assembly, P/N 65-17821-( ) that contains a 
Parker pressure module check valve, P/N H61C0552M1, on any airplane.

(j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to 
approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found 
in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request 
to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District 
Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the 
manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the 
person identified in paragraph (k) of this AD. Information may be 
emailed to: [email protected].
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.
    (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be 
used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD 
if it is approved by The Boeing Company Organization Designation 
Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle 
ACO Branch, FAA, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair 
method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet 
the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must 
specifically refer to this AD.

(k) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Douglas Tsuji, 
Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Section, FAA, Seattle ACO 
Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 
206-231-3548; email: [email protected].
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in 
paragraphs (l)(3) and (l)(4) of this AD.

(l) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1123 
RB, dated October 2, 2018.
    (ii) Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1126 
RB, dated October 2, 2018.
    (iii) Boeing Special Attention Requirements Bulletin 737-29-1127 
RB, dated October 8, 2018.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services 
(C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740-
5600; phone: 562-797-1717; internet: https://www.myboeingfleet.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport 
Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
206-231-3195.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on July 11, 2019.
Suzanne Masterson,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-15518 Filed 7-22-19; 8:45 am]
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